GUM-A-MAMA’s wallets, billfolds and bags play off custom seat and hand-grip stitching patterns and color motifs from the biker culture of the ’60s and ’70s. But this little company doesn’t just mass produce a bunch of crappy goods fit for a Wal-Mart discount kiosk in the auto section. Instead, it’s making the finest line of intricately folding, hand-stiched leather goods we think we’ve ever seen.
Based in fashion-forward Kobe Japan, GUM-A-MAMA reinforces the moto theme of their line with names like Ace, Speedline and our favorite, the Ghost, who’s multiple flaps and folds look like some kind of crazy Rorschach origami.
The diamond patterns used across the entire line as well as the double stripes and stamps are executed with a fanatic attention to detail. Even the metal rings are branded in a discreet and stylish manner. In fact, the only thing we really take issue with are the tassels on some of the briefcases, but hey, one man’s tassely case might be another woman’s righteous purse, no?
Don’t get your hopes up, though, if you’re planning on running over to your favorite spot in the States for your new wallet. While GUM-A-MAMA is sold throughout Japanese and European boutiques, they’re naturally too cool for the US at the moment.